Need Roaster and Bean Advice
I own a seasonal bakery with a well established and loyal client base.
I have been infatuated with the idea of roasting our own beans. I thought it would wear off in the past month but it has not.
We serve a morning brew, sumatra, decaf and some flavored blends of Wicked Joes. It is fantastic coffee for our purposes.
Our customers are not bean snobs - they just want a GOOD FRESH CUP.
That coffee does however seem to be back ordered too often now, and that is a problem for us.
We brew ~230 pounds of coffee mostly in July and August. 90% of that is Regular or Jamacian Me Crazy - a Cream/Vanillla/Kahlua type creation.
I could probably sell another 200-300 pounds wholesale or off season or to other retailers in the area (if I wanted to).
Should I go for the "Nesco" 1/3 pound roaster for $170 and just suck it up for a year and see how it goes?
Or should I go more for the SonoFresco 1lb for $2,000 plus $400 installation and make the roaster a "focal point" of our retail area.
Lastly, where could I get 200-400 pounds of decent beans and the flavorings at a reasonable price? I have been searching, but I am afraid to jump into business with just anyone.
Thank you in advance!
Last edited by PinkRose; 12-10-2012 at 05:03 PM.
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11-29-2012 06:05 AM
I saw a lot of views but no advice... so I did some research and I am on my way. So far so good.
You can email me if you would like with specific questions and I can try and point you in the right direction. email@example.com Where are you located? The Jamaican me crazy flavor is produced by Flavor dynamic. Welcome to Flavor Dynamics, Inc.
"Wine is for aging, not coffee."
Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch
Topher, thank you I will message you, I appreciate the help!
Please share your experience here or you can email me and let me know how it went.
I am very interested in knowing but I don't know if the sonofresco is good enough to accommodate your size of business.
If you want to make the move, i would jump into much better roaster with more control....
I agree with CoffeeJunky.